Jody Ahrens

Experimental art is responding to the colors and shapes as they are painted on a panel, not manipulating them to fill a preconceived notion of what the work should be. When the natural direction or flow of the work is nurtured, a finished painting evolves that connects with the viewer on a deeply harmonious level. Jody is an experimental artist.

Jody’s current abstracted landscapes frequently start with plein air oil studies that focus on capturing a feeling or mood. Back in the studio, she seeks out the underlying geometric shapes and identifies the abstract design before moving on to a larger panel.

The most important part of Jody’s process is being sensitive to the evolving work, recognizing interesting unplanned developments and preserving or enhancing them. This can mean giving up the original plan, but generally results in a superior piece.
Jody Ahrens has been immersed in art as long as she can remember. Both her parents were accomplished, well trained painters who delighted in nurturing her art endeavors from childhood.
Jody’s goal is to offer collectors a delightful escape into the depths of the painting. There is always a place for the viewer to go … a tempting path to explore … a shady woods just across the meadow … or a pond inviting pause.  When a viewer’s imagination is engaged, the painting will be forever fascinating.

Gallery representation: James Ratliff, Sedona, AZ;  Colorado Canyons, Grand Junction; The Apple Shed, Cedaredge CO
Jody Ahrens
Grand Junction, CO

(studio) (970) 245-3487
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Blazing Fall
Jody describes Blazing Fall as Edgy Expressionism. Each stroke has to be meaningful the first time because there is no going back ... no corrections ... no second chances.
As I meandered through a grove of giant pine trees, this beautiful sunlit meadow and pristine marsh suddenly came into view. There was no question, my version of the beauty and mood of the moment had to be painted.
Morning Sun
Sometimes a beam of sunlight bursts through billowy clouds, drenching a chosen bush or meadow. Artists must burn that fleeting image into their brain, because it doesn't wait for an easel to be set-up and paint to be squeezed onto a palette. The bush and path are still there, but the magical moment has to be pulled from memory.
Locked in Time
A trail through the aspens led to this lovely watering hole. Questions began flooding my mind ... over the years and centuries, how many cycles of life have passed here. Imagine! All that activity with no human supervision.

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